IN 2016, I…

…resolved to DOCUMENT MORE. Out of the gate, I found an app called 1 Second Everyday, which I love, but I didn’t keep up with it; I only made two months worth of videos – 1 & 2. …rambled about my lack of documentation. …tried to relaunch my Etsy shop, only to leave it sitting immediately afterwards. …started pocket scrapbooking that was going really well until I tried to do A Week In The Life, which caused me to come to a screeching halt with the whole thing somehow. …shared a few things. …mused about how different current-me is from past-me. …grew my first garden! July, spoils, August. …celebrated my 29th birthday in Buffalo, NY: 1, 2, 3. …shared a few things I collect: Maneki-neko; Essential Oils. …launch a wedding website. …talked about our kitties’ alternative food “bowl” to keep them from getting too fat. …FINALLY finished The Wheel of …

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OUR CEREMONY PROGRAMS.

In the weeks before the wedding, I spent A LOT of time designing our wedding programs. I did them in Photoshop and had them printed at Kinko’s (FedEX). They were set out on the seats at the ceremony, but they also contained information about the reception following afterwards. I wanted the leftover programs brought along to the reception hall for the guests who didn’t make it to the ceremony, but somehow that message got lost and a lot of our guests never saw the programs. Considering the amount of time I spent on them, I’m sure you can imagine that that breaks my heart a little. There were a few things that I wanted to include in the programs that I forgot because I was rushing to finish them. One of them was pretty important, and I can’t believe I forgot it: I wanted to mention our new last name. …

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WELCOME HOME [IT’S SNOWING]!

Brian and I have been home from our recent honeymoon (that’s coming soon!) for about 5-1/2 days now. We were in New Zealand and Australia, where in October/November, they’re gearing up for their summer. Needless to say, here back home (in Orion, Michigan), the snow that appeared today is a little disappointing. I miss 75°F+ weather FOR SURE. I bitch about the cold and winter all the time (see here or here or here) so this is nothing new. But just because it isn’t new doesn’t mean I can’t document it. 😉 The snow isn’t really too visible in the photo (it was also SUPER windy), but it is the FIRST snow of the season, so I snapped a few photos anyways. And just for fun, here’s a photo of the front of the house back in October when the leftover mums & pumpkins from our ceremony were charmin’ up …

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IT’S BEEN TWO MONTHS.

Sometime in July I had made the resolution to blog more. I didn’t really have a gameplan, but I was just tired of having a blog that I don’t blog in. I am realizing that I am forgetting more and more things, big and small. I used to be able to remember minute details, like word-for-word conversations or exact times (not just dates, but times and dates) that something happened. Today, I have to “look up” a lot of that. Maybe I’m enabling my forgetfulness by trying to document more… Maybe I’m relying too much on something else backing up my memories. Or maybe I am just losing my memory and will be eternally grateful to my current-self when I look back on the things I did manage to record. This is a familiar post for me. How many times have I moaned about documenting more and blogging more? In …

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MARRIED!

A FEW POST-WEDDING WORDS ON “MARRIED LIFE” & THE WEDDING DAY ITSELF. Brian and I have now been married for a little over two weeks, and in the past two weeks, the number one question that I have gotten is “HOW IS MARRIED LIFE TREATING YOU?!?” Uh, fine. Brian and I have been together since 2011, and have lived in our current home since 2012. I “jokingly” say “It’s not really different, I just have another ring I have to put on.” But really, it’s not a joke 😉 All the clichés you hear? Probably true. The day really does go by too quickly; you really don’t have any moments to truly appreciate all the work you put into the tiny details (centerpieces, favors, menu options, table arrangements, you name it); you really can’t do it all by yourself; MANY THINGS WILL GO WRONG; but you will let the little …

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GOODBYE.

Heidi was adopted ten years ago from a shelter at approximately age five. Her given name was Pantera. She was surrendered by her previous family because they moved out of state and couldn’t take her with them. I renamed her Heidi after about a week because whenever I came home, I couldn’t find her; she was always hiding. I would have her wear a bell so I could always find her. She gave up her hiding ways after not too long. But she would forever be my Heidi. The past ten years of my life have been so blessed by her presence. Words cannot even begin to describe the love I have for her. She has been my family when there was no one else. I lost a piece of myself today. Needless to say, things have been rough lately. I know I will eventually take the time to celebrate …

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IT HITS YOU LIKE A TON OF BRICKS: A NOTE TO MYSELF.

I have a box simply labeled “Memories” and as a borderline-hoarder, it’s my justification for keeping things that normal people throw away: movie stubs; invitations; funeral programs; brochures; Polaroids; CDs; string (not even kidding); my first library card; my first “smart” phone; Sailor Moon keychains; that fortune cat keychain I thought I lost… I thought I had gotten minimalistic about that type of hoarding and anything like that was in that box. I have another box that I bought for one purpose: to house a vintage pillowcase that my mom gave me that my great grandmother made. (I also may have happened to sneak in a copy of a rare Cookie Monster book that I had as a child that was MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE and subsequently my mom sold at a garage sale. I found a duplicate copy years & years later at an antique store in Bay City.) I …

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AUGUST GARDEN.

I know it’s super cliché to say things like this, but I CANNOT BELIEVE that we’re at the end of August! I mean, HOLY SHIT! Personally, that means only ONE FRICKIN’ MONTH UNTIL BRIAN & I GET MARRIED!!!! Okay, this post is NOT for panic attacks. It’s for sharing (what’s left of) my garden. My garden has not fared well this summer: I wasn’t attentive enough in the weeding and watering and kind of just let it do it’s own thing. It definitely was not as successful as when I just grew a few things in pots on our deck. But hey, it’s all about trial and error and learning as you go! Okay, now some notes… So clearly, my one bunch of lemongrass TOOK OFF! I think it’d be excellent it its own little section next year. My vine-y stuff, that is watermelons and cucumbers, pretty much just passed …

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THE WHEEL OF TIME.

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is a story that takes place both in our past and our future. In his fantasy world, the Dark One, the embodiment of pure evil, is breaking free from his prison. The overall plot is about a man who learns that he is the reincarnation of the world’s messiah and is once again destined to save the world from the Dark One — but possibly destroy it in the process. This saga is not only his story, but the story of an entire world’s struggle to deal with war and change, destruction and hope. May the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. (via) I began reading The Wheel of Time series in 2006. I finally finished it yesterday. “Finish WOT” has been on so many of my to do lists over the past few years (including being officially listed in my 26 Things …

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